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Generation Drift: Why we're up career creek and how to paddle home

Josh Roberts

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Self-help & personal development

A practical guide to navigating professional uncertainty and find fulfilling work.

In 2010, Josh Roberts left university with a head full of dreams - he was going to find a brilliant career, change the world and make millions in the process. Anything was possible. Fast forward a decade and success hasn't been quite so easy. Unless you count six jobs in six years, a series of failed 'side hustles' and having a breakdown as 'success'. Josh spent his twenties drifting through his career, attempting to get into the 9-5 groove and ultimately, failing to 'nail it'. This left him feeling inadequate and unhappy in the workplace - which only exacerbated his mental health struggles. Faced with the perplexing question 'What am I actually going to do with my life?', he was left both confused and with a pretty depleted sense of self-worth.

Josh isn't the only one to feel this way though, he's among millions on the cusp of career creek or years deep and paddling in all directions. However, young workers have shown remarkable resilience in the face of career creek; a willingness to adapt, a hunger to learn new skills and an appetite to launch new businesses - millennials are far from giving up. Which is what Generation Drift is all about. Full of humour and authenticity - and with a diverse supporting cast of CEOs, leading academics, psychologists and fellow notable 'drifters' who have found a way to paddle out of career creek and pursue their goals.

This book will share the tools and signposts you need to do the same and look to the future with a positive view. Generation Drift is Josh's optimistic, reassuring and practical guide to navigating professional uncertainty and finding fulfilling work. Everyone can escape career creek. All they need is the right paddle.

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Josh Roberts

Josh Roberts is a writer, broadcaster and public speaker specialising in mental health. Josh was born in Surrey in 1990, and went on to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Trinity College, Dublin.

Following university, Josh began working as at Strategy Consultant before moving into advertising where he worked for global brands such The Times, the Sunday Times and the Financial Times.

In 2016, Josh experienced an intense mental breakdown which culminated in him being diagnosed with a Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). He wrote about this experience in an article for The Times which, following an overwhelming public reaction, led to him writing his first book Anxious Man.

Josh now devotes his time to trying to help others through writing, broadcasting and public speaking. Because, as Josh says, 'when it comes to mental health problems, sometimes just talking about it is enough'.

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